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Hayley McKay


Hey! I’m Hayley, a grad student in the department of Cell & Systems Biology at U of T. For my MSc., I’m conducting research on Cannabis sativa to better understand the genetic pathways underlying male and female flower development.

In addition to studying molecular genetics, I love to write about science in an effort to connect and engage more people in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). I believe scicomm is crucial for mitigating misinformation about important topics like health and environmental issues in today’s society.

I also believe in the value of art and think art can play an important role in engaging the general public with science. My stories aim to incorporate artistic, historical and cultural perspectives into discussions about science.

When I’m not in the lab or writing stories, I like to dance, ski and watch dog videos on Instagram!